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Waverly Watchdog April 07, 2014 at 03:33 PM
While this may SEEM to be a good idea at first glance, it has SERIOUS problems.- - - For example,Read Mores prinklers would add many thousands of dollars, if not more, to the cost of houses. - - - Furthermore, they are a continuing headache in cold climates... the Belmont Senior Center, presumably designed, installed, and maintained by 'industry professions' has frozen up at LEAST SEVEN TIMES in the last few years. Each time there was collateral water damage. Imagine how much damage would have been caused to a house, rather than an institutional space. - - - Also, such systems require periodic inspections with the likelihood of annual intrusionw, permitting fees, and yet more intrusions by government into the privacy rights of citizens. - - - Can mandated annual Colonoscopies be that far ahead?
Viking April 09, 2014 at 01:40 AM
Not a good idea, considering how many malfunctions there are in home smoke alarms. A shriekingRead Morealarm is one thing, having your house soaked is another. Benefits of sprinkler systems outweigh negatives in tall buildings, where escape can be impossible. In single family homes, one can always go out a window, even a second floor window if need be, with minimal injury.
Waverly Watchdog April 09, 2014 at 01:04 PM
@Viking - The point you make about false alarms is not really applicable to sprinkler systems,Read Morebecau se most sprinklers rely on heat from the fire to melt a part in the sprinkler head which releases the water flow... Kinda like pulling the plug in a bathtub. So, smoke from burning dinner should not cause a flood. - - - I do agree that in high rises, they are a must. - - - However, there are real problems with sprinkler systems in homes. Plastic pipe is now available, instead of iron, but it must stay full of water 24/7/365. Without water inside, there is a danger the pipe will melt in a fire remote from a sprinkler head, rendering the system useless.- - - Furthermore, the most essential areas to protect in a house are the bedrooms, which are often upstairs. Above the bedrooms there is usually an unheated attic. In such a space, the sprinkler pipes would freeze, and possibly burst... Viz. 7 times in the Cenior Center!! Frozen sprinkler pipes are (a) useless in a fire, and (b) going to make a real mess when they thaw. Insulating the pipes will only delay the freezing, not prevent it. - - - However, what I find most troubling in all of this is the CRAVEN post above by the "National Fire Sprinkler Association", which appears to be little but a trade organizetion to increase sales of the systems. I find their use of the Boston tragedy disgusting and on a par with Progressive politicians rushing to the scene of a shooting, screaming for their pet agenda. - - - The NFSA's push for legislation smacks of the worst kind of political incest. - - - For example, years ago, a MA company convinced the Legislature to require vacuum breakers on hot water heaters. As a result, every hot water heater in MA costs >$50 more, parts and labor, than in other jurisdictions w/o this Special Interest goodie. - - - People should treat the "Letter to the Editor" above as a cynical infomertial in disguise.
Viking April 04, 2014 at 11:06 PM
We have avoided Facebook, and many others have too, so that is invisible to many. If FranklinRead Morewant s an audience, he needs to be on a wider platform, a simple blog page, outside of Facebook.
Waverly Watchdog April 07, 2014 at 03:09 PM
Several points: - - - First, Franklin Tucker could probably run a blog here, just like anybodyRead Moreelse. I presume he CHOOSES not to... bloggers don't get paid AFAIK. - - - The local content of the Belmont Patch is now near zero. That is a problem for two reasons: - - - First, because without local content there is nothing to draw eyeballs. Regional and national stuff gets better covered by many other outlets. - - - Second, local news stories form a necessary skeleton on which to hang comments.- - - Many in Town who want a Progressive bias in their reporting, have simply switched from Tucker's Patch to the B C-H under Joanna, the new editor, who shares Tucker's political bias.
Viking April 07, 2014 at 11:48 PM
I have wondered if we who object to the bias in the Belmont Citizen, and to the requirement ofRead Moreusing names on the BelCit website, might just make a practice of responding to BelCit articles over here at Patch. To some extent, we already do that, thanks to your blog, WW. And it is already happening willy nilly in the threads responding to other blogs or columns, such as this one. Read at BelCit, respond over here. Patch should welcome that, since they are probably losing audience by not having a local editor/reporter. Maybe Patch could have a simple weekly column, with the date, titled Comments on the BelCit "News"paper.
Mirela March 26, 2014 at 03:20 AM
Both pieces of information were irrelevant to Mr. Colton's suitability for the job and didn't needRead Moret o be brought up. To further try making them an issue looks just like mudslinging. I find this deceitful and very disappointing, so much so that I'm going from supporter to volunteer for the Coulton campaign!
had_enuf March 29, 2014 at 08:25 AM
@Mirela - oh dear, you got your feelings hurt? Want a blankie to make you feel better? Grow up.Read MoreColt on is just another run amok progressive looking to sink this town further in massive debt.
Waverly Watchdog February 12, 2014 at 12:43 PM
That $12,000 is petty cash. The proposal to use $2,000,000 for the Underwood Pool renovation, along Read Morewith a $2,500,000 Debt Exclusion to slop about 650 urers should be examined FAR, FAR more carefully. There are myriads of unanswered questions about this, and several other, boondoggles. - - - The CPA was passed by a slim majority using sleezy election tricks. It was intended to be, and obvciuously has become, a slush fund for the pet projects of a few Special Interests. - - - The CPA shouls be REPEALED, as many other towns have already done. If Paolillo wants to go swimming, join a club, WITH HIS OWN MONEY.